Those Radio Times

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Accession No: TWCMS : 2009.223
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David tells us about his memories of radio programmes as a child and listening intently to different shows after school.

By David Lee

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This story was inspired by a copy of the Radio Times from the collections at the Regional Resource Centre at Beamish.

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I remember when I was a young lad of 5 or 6 or even older. When I came home for my dinner from school the radio was always switched on. The light programme, as it was known as, this was the entertainment of the day. The television was not on at night in the 1950s. I remember used to hate Monday dinnertimes. I sat down to cold dripping warmed up that was left over from Sunday. Clothes hanging from the ceiling and workers play time ended. It was Flaming Victor Silvester and his orchestra would chime in. Good job I had my dinner, that was my signal for school time again.

The radio always a source of entertainment. The programmes that one can remember are - Mrs Dales Diary – that was just starting when I came home from school, she was always terribly worried about Jim. Children’s Hours followed that, the news and the Archers which is still running today. They were the forerunners for the tv soaps.  The radio was a good media for players, my favourite was Children’s Favourites with Derrick Macullac Uncle Mac. Children used to send in requests. And when he died Junior Choices started with Ed Stewart. Filled a good Saturday morning in.   Other ones on a Sunday were probably Family Favourites and then Clitheroe Kid and Just A Minute and Ray’s A Laugh. On a night there was only Radio Luxemburg with music. The only fault with that would be that it would keep coming in and coming out and you would have to wait till it was coming in.  Aye, those were the radio days but bye gum we loved them.

Good to be reminded of the olden days. memory is awonderful thingPosted on 16/11/2009 at 01:57:28

What pleasant memoriesPosted on 23/11/2009 at 04:38:22

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